Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)
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The Gooseberry Bush 

While building a memorial garden the girls discover the body of a well-known artist and womanizer and an abandoned baby.


Simon Langton


Clive Exton


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Episode complete credited cast:
Felicity Kendal ... Rosemary Boxer
Pam Ferris ... Laura Thyme
Beatie Edney ... Penelope
Amanda Royle Amanda Royle ... Lydia
Daniella Dessa Daniella Dessa ... Anya
David Gant ... Sir Carlos Potter
Richard Heffer ... Tim Braxton
Phyllida Hewat ... Mrs Braxton
Mary Healey ... Mrs Westerby
Kate Harrell Kate Harrell ... Fleur
Matthew Thrift Matthew Thrift ... Eddie
Jenny Howe Jenny Howe ... Manageress
Will Norris ... Sergeant Bremner
Alec Walters Alec Walters ... Priest


While creating a memorial garden for a woman's soon-to-be-husband's mother, Laura and Rosemary discover an abandoned baby boy. Believing he is the illegitimate son of one of the women in the family, the gardeners come across many surprises, including a dead man. Written by Nadia Nassar

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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18 February 2006 (UK) See more »

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Rosemary (Felicity Kendal) cares for a baby they find, and names him Charley. Felicity Kendal has two sons, the first one named Charley. See more »


Rosemary Boxer: You know, some people just don't deserve to be mothers!
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Murder and babies
9 July 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always adored detective dramas/mystery series. This has been apparent from an early age, half my life even, when getting into Agatha Christie through Joan Hickson's Miss Marple and David Suchet's Poirot and into 'Inspector Morse'.

Whether it's the more complex ones like 'Inspector Morse' (and its prequel series 'Endeavour') and anything Agatha Christie. Whether it's the grittier ones like 'A Touch of Frost' (though that is balanced brilliantly with comedy too) and particularly 'Taggart'. And whether it's the light-hearted ones like 'Murder She Wrote'. 'Rosemary and Thyme' is an example of a light-hearted detective mystery series and always gives me a lot of pleasures and banishes the blues when watching. It is a shame that it didn't last longer because it deserved to.

For all my gushing of the show in general, most shows do have episodes that are lacking somewhat. That is sadly the case for 'Rosemary and Thyme' with "The Gooseberry Bush", it's always been my least favourite episode of the show and it still is.

Visually, "The Gooseberry Bush" looks wonderful, beautifully photographed, vibrant in colour and as always with the show with a stunning setting, have always been envious of the gardens seen on the show. The music has a lot of charm with a main theme tune that is soothingly folksy that matches the whimsy of the setting appropriately.

Some of the writing is engaging and suitably light-hearted without being frothy. Some of the dialogue for Laura and especially Rosemary together is very funny.

Rosemary and Laura are interesting and distinct in personality, and the chemistry between the two sparkles. Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris are simply great, individually and as a sparkling double act, love Kendal's fire and feistiness and Ferris' more restrained and thoughtful approach. The supporting cast are hard to find fault with too. The baby is adorable.

Unfortunately, the mystery is not compelling enough and tends to be too obvious and simplistic, too much of the story in general didn't grab me and some of it annoyed me even. Didn't find the denouement surprising or cooked all the way through and the suspects are not enough to make it twisty. The pacing does lack tautness.

Apart from some sparkle with the leads and amiable light-heartedness, no other 'Rosemary and Thyme' has writing this limp or corny or character behaviours this frustrating (especially with the baby), Laura is uncharacteristically incompetent here.

Everything with the baby takes up too much of the episode and sees the show at its most dumbed down and least absorbing and the murder mystery feels underdeveloped and like it was like an afterthought.

On the whole, disappointing. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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